It took an act of Congress for the military to drop its discriminatory anti-gay policies, but it finally did in 2011, 18 years after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was implemented. More than 14,000 soldiers were expelled from the service due to their sexual orientation during that time.
Despite the repeal of “Don’t Ask,” same sex partners of active duty soldiers still do not enjoy the same benefits as heterosexual couples.
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